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[663e] willingly and without constraint?

Truth is a noble thing, Stranger, and an enduring; yet to persuade men of it seems no easy matter.

Be it so; yet it proved easy to persuade men of the Sidonian fairy-tale,1 incredible though it was, and of numberless others.

What tales?

The tale of the teeth that were sown, and how armed men sprang out of them. Here, indeed, the lawgiver has a notable example

1 About Cadmus; cp. Plat. Rep. 414c.

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